Updated (2/24/15): The Kickstarter is now over and Exploding Kittens raised a total amount of $8,782,571. That's a TON of money. It's not the highest-earning Kickstarter project ever, but it does have the highest number of individual backers with 219,382. This article originally referred to Exploding Kittens as the "biggest-earning" Kickstarter project ever, and has been edited to correct the error.
What does the Coolest Cooler, Reading Rainbow and a card game about exploding kittens have in common? They're all in the top ten most-funded Kickstarters ever. But I have a feeling that the card game is going to give Reading Rainbow a run for its money.
Matthew Inman, better known as the creator of the Web comics called The Oatmeal, teamed up with Elan Lee and Shane Small to bring a new card game to life. They dubbed it "Exploding Kittens." Yes, "Exploding Kittens." But don't worry, there's a kid-friendly version!
Inman created a Kickstarter project to fund his idea to the tune of $10,000. He had it in minutes. Now, with 22 days still left to go in the funding window, it's the most-backed Kickstarter project of all time.
This crazy new card game was originally proposed as a Russian roulette style game with a regular deck of cards called "Bomb Squad." The player that picked up a joker would explode and be out of the game. But Inman decided to take it a step further, and created an entirely new deck of cards and a new name.
At the time of writing, the Kickstarter campaign for "Exploding Kittens" is funded at $4.3 million with over 100,000 backers and 22 days left to go.
The basic gameplay is the same as "Bomb Squad" but instead of picking up a joker, if you pick up a kitten you will explode and be out of the game. In this new version of the game, however, you have the opportunity to pick up cards that will diffuse the kittens or keep you from drawing a new card altogether. The Kickstarter video below will give you all the details.
There is indeed a kid-friendly version of the game, if your kids are seven and up. There is also an adult version of the game dubbed "NSFW" (Not Safe For Work), for the more adventurous card players. Click here to check out the game on Kickstarter.
While this may seem like an insane thing to try, Inman is no stranger to crowdfunding. He has also crowdfunded projects like a Tesla museum to celebrate the inventor, as well as convincing Elon Musk, the head of Tesla Motors, to donate to the cause. Inman is the author of several books as well as the wildly successful web comic "The Oatmeal."